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Former Secretary of State Honored with Alumni Achievement Award

Sam Smith, Sam Reed, and Elson Floyd with awardSam Reed, former Washington secretary of state and WSU social studies and political science graduate, was honored recently with the highest honor bestowed by the WSU Alumni Association.

Presented at the “Sam Reed Roast and Toast” retirement celebration on Jan. 10 in Seattle, the Alumni Achievement Award recognized his outstanding accomplishments and leadership during his 35 years in elected office.

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Endowment honors Sam Reed’s 45 years of public service

Sam Reed
Sam Reed

Washington State University’s College of Arts and Sciences will establish an endowment to fund the Sam Reed Distinguished Professorship in Civic Education and Public Civility in honor of Reed’s distinguished record of public service. He will retire from public office as Washington’s 14th secretary of state in January 2013.

Reed received his bachelor’s degree in social studies and master’s degree in political science from WSU.

“Much of my grounding in political science, history, and politics came from mentors and professors in my undergraduate and graduate school years at Washington State, and I am so happy to think that future generations will benefit from a Reed Professor,” Reed said. “I am delighted that Washington State University is creating a Sam Reed Distinguished Professorship in Civic Education and Public Civility.”
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